Broad Reaching with Andrew Cross

Fair Weather?

“Oh no, it’s blowing 25 to 30 knots! Lets sit here and wait until there is 5 knots and then we’ll motor to where we need to go.”

Are you kidding me? If the wind is even close to pushing me the right direction and not too hazardous for my boat or crew, I’m voting we set sail. Don’t get me wrong; I’m no thrill seeker, I’d just rather sail than hunker down to read a book about it.

When a neighbor mentioned he’d noticed our boat was gone last weekend, I couldn’t help but think that the weather wasn’t too bad. The fact is, I don’t mind sailing in weather that is less than ideal once in a while. It makes me appreciate the nice days and some of my favorite, most exhilarating sailing moments have been in imperfect weather. Hitting 20 knots in a monohull, winning races with a reef in the main, surfing waves at night and many more. If you have the boat, ability and desire, pick your anchor off the bottom and go make some sailing memories. You might have some fun and learn a thing or two in the process.

Enjoy this week’s edition.

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